Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Sydney, School of Public Health
App. deadline 08/05/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

PhD Scholarship on dog ownership on human health

TITLE: PhD Scholarship on dog ownership on human health

DESCRIPTION: One supplementary PhD scholarship is available for suitably qualified candidates from human health-related or veterinary disciplines. The aim of the broader research project is to investigate the effects of dog ownership on physical activity/cardiometabolic health/psychosocial wellbeing and examine ways to optimize the human-dog coexistence for health benefits.

ELIGIBILITY: Potential applicants must be highly motivated and have a good Honours degree (or evidence of equivalent research experience) on disciplines such as Public Health, Physical Activity and Exercise Science, Veterinary/ Animal Science/ Bioveterinary Science, Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Education, Epidemiology/Statistics. A passion for understanding the role of dogs in people's health is essential. Excellent interpersonal skills are also essential.

Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens*. These Scholarships are only eligible to candidates who are eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship (or a University of Sydney Postgraduate Award, or equivalent) as their primary source of stipend.

SETTING: Successful candidates will be based at Charles Perkins Centre of the University of Sydney ( ) and Sydney School of Public Health (, and will join the Dog Ownership and Human Health project node ( ). Although not necessary, successful candidates will have the opportunity to undertake free-of-charge any of the Sydney School of Public Health Masters coursework units that are approved by their supervisors as relevant to the PhD studies, up to a maximum of 12 credit points.

AMOUNT AWARDED: Top-up funding is available in the amount of $10,000 per annum to a postgraduate student who has obtained or will obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award. The scholarship may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

• Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Public Health/Charles Perkins Centre
• Professor Adrian Bauman, Public Health/Charles Perkins Centre
• Dr Melody Ding, Public Health/Charles Perkins Centre
• Dr Kate Edwards, Health Science/Charles Perkins Centre
• Professor Paul McGreevy, Veterinary Sciences
• Professor Cathie Sherrington, Public Health

APPLICATION GUIDE: Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: 02 86271867 ; E-mail: Applications should be sent direct to Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis at the above address and should include:
• a cover letter where candidates are encouraged to explain why they think they are suitable for this PhD project
• a curriculum vitae up to 5 pages
• a copy of an academic transcript
• names and contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be able to comment on research-related skills and potential.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed within 2 workings days from applications closure.
Closing date: May 8th 2017.

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